Gross, Carnes honored in WHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Wayne High standout athlete Francine (Fran) Gross and longtime coach and official Ron Carnes were inducted into the Wayne High Athletic Hall of Fame during the annual Blue Devil Banquet Tuesday at Wayne State College.

Gross was a standout athlete from 1981-1984, qualifying for state in the 400-meter dash and 400 and 1,600-meter relays. After graduation, she went on to a successful career running track at Wayne State College, where she qualified for the NAIA Div. II national meet in 1986.

Carnes was a longtime teacher and coach at Wayne High School, spending more than 30 years at Wayne High School where he coached football and basketball, and also served as the school’s athletic director for nine years. He continues to be active in sports as a football official.

Awards were handed out to Wayne High athletes for their efforts during the 2017-18 school year. Seniors Kylie Hammer and Mason Lee were named Most Valuable Athlete in three sports apiece, and seven seniors were honored with Master Sports Awards for competing in three sports during each of their four years in high school.

Award winners were as follows:

Most Outstanding/Valuable Player Awards
Christopher Woerdemann — Boys cross country
Andrea Torres — Girls cross country
Mason Lee — Football, Boys basketball and Boys track
Megan Keiser — Girls golf
Kylie Hammer — Volleyball, Girls basketball and Girls track
Tori Kniesche — Softball
Juan Vergara — Wrestling
Jonah Brodersen — Boys golf
Zane Jackson — Basetball

Master Sports Award (3 sports each of 4 years)
Jenna Trenhaile — Softball, Girls basketball, Girls track
Beau Bowers — Football, Boys Basketball, Boys track/Boys golf
Kylie Hammer — Volleyball, Girls basketball, Girls track
Mason Lee — Football, Boys basketball, Boys Track
Molly Hoskins — Cross country, Girls basketball, Girls track
Ryan Jaixen — Football, Boys basketball, Boys track/Boys golf
Brennen O’Reilly — Football, Boys basketball, Baseball

Distinguished Athlete Award
Zane Jackson and Jenna Trenhaile

Terry Johnson Award
Emily Longe

Rocky Ruhl Athletic Scholarship
Jack Evetovich and Jenna Trenhaile

Moller Memorial Award
Beau Bowers and Andrea Torres

Sportsmanship Award
Kylie Hammer and Tyler Gilliland

Stan Stednitz Memorial Cross Country Award
Christopher Woerdemann and Andrea Torres

Larry Gamble Memorial Award
Hunter Jorgensen

Runza/KTCH-KCTY Scholarship
Jack Evetovich and Jenna Trenhaile

Wayne Booster Club Scholarship
Beau Bowers, Kylie Hammer, Molly Hoskins, Mason Lee, Brennen O’Reilly and Jenna Trenhaile

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